Clinical MR imaging with a Helmholtz-type surface coil

T. H. Reiman, J. P. Heiken, W. G. Totty, J. K.T. Lee

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Limited-field-of-view radio-frequency receiver antennas provide improved near-field sensitivity for magnetic resonance imaging by decreasing the antenna volume. The Helmholtz-type surface coil, consisting of two flat rings, is an organ-encompassing antenna that takes advantage of this principle to yield an improved signal-to-noise ratio (S/N). The coil was tested in a group of 50 patients and 16 healthy volunteers. Images obtained with the Helmholtz coil demonstrated quantitatively superior S/N of 2.2-fold or greater than that of comparison body coil images, as well as qualitatively superior anatomic resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-566
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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